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jvis, M»r 1-— The Champs de Mars, the home
/fvV , u lar demonstrations since the great Revo
fctJja •" ITS 9. and the happy hunting ground
Z"p-e&t exhibitions; offers this year a splendid
vg t with its two long rows of palaces on either
\ f and in the background the beautiful vista
('"tie F"^* 1 '"" 5 " cmamental Chateau d'Eau. or
Mkt Fountain! flaf.ked on either side by the
*. - iesS elejraxt Palace of Electricity, the great
k » (or "clou." as it is called here) of the Ex
-ettlcn. The spectacle is truly magnificent.
Qt the ISSi) buildings which were here noth-
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Tiere is little to be said of the exteriors of
gjes^ two palaces on either side of the Champ
c- Mars. T^">.:.- a. way from the Eiffel Tower
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•i" first ha'.f c* the left line is the Palace of
H;srs and Metallurgy. Like all the other build
fc?T= en the Charrr de Mars, it is constructed
ti iron, cover*"? with wooden laths and faced
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with plastf r. Th-> ornamentation is extremely
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light, white being the prevailing tone. The dome
consists of an imrr.vns-; tiara resplendent in imi
taticn precious stune:-— a novel and nappy form
cf decoration. The second half, leading to the
Pu.iac-e of Electricity, is occupied by the Palace
tf Threads and Textile Fabrics. It consists of a
!:r.e of raJ>'-i arches, forming the outside of a
covered gallery, given up to restaurants, some
thing similar to the constructions that were here
in the same place in l vV <>. A fine central porch
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At the end of the grounds and joining these
t*o wisp, is the Palace of Electricity, preceded
ty the EC'Cum-nta! fountain, or Chateau d'Eau.
The latter is one of the principal decorative sub
>-r.s of the Champ de ilars. It is composed of
* vast semicircular alcove LOB f eel wide by 30
i«t deep, containing a series of immense basins
iJTanged in amphitheatre form, from which
Eiects cf water £cw and fall in cascades into a
T« larger basin at ■.:.- Coot cf the fountain. The
quantity cf water employed is at the rate of
*^*i,*Mi litres _.. bear. la the lar^e basin is
HumanuJ%T UP r32r 32 feet hi * h ' representing
to the F,,; db / Fro^" . marching onward
the cenfr^ o™ A . l!POttO has been bu »t behind
the central cascade, accessible to visitors.
Immediately behind the Chateau d'Eau is the
Palace of Electricity, which l a incontestably the
chief and most interesting portion of the whole
exhibition. The chief aim in its construction
has been to hide the straight plainness of the
Gallery of Machines of ISS9. therefore the roof
has been raised to the height of 202 feet, form-
IB* a crown to the edifice. its front, which is In
repousse zinc worked like lace, consists of nine
bays provided with multicolored decorations.
transparent ceramics and stained glass, in har
moniously blended tones. The wings of the pal
ace, JIM feet by 131 feet, contain the machines
which supply electrical power to the exhibition.
The building Is illuminated by 5.000 variegated
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It is. however, lee - . . le.
C. L E.
Paris correspondence of The London Telegraph.
One of the oldest and also of the most famous
cafes in Paris is about to disappear. The doors
of the Caf4 Procope, situated in the Hue tie
I'Andtnne Oomedie, have been closed. This
celebrated establishment was founded in the
eighteenth century by an Italian named Pro
copio Cutelli. It was in the old days assidu
ously frequented by Diderot. Fontenelle. Jean
Jacques Kousseau and Voltaire, and during the
reizn of Napoleon 111 it was a resort of Gambetta
Jules Kerry. Floquet and Spuller. At a more recent
date the poet Verlaine almost made his habitation
within its walls. The fact that all these, as well
as many other literary and political ceU brities. had
spent many an hour there had shed a sort of
halo over the place, and not a few her worship
pers found time, even during a brief visit to Pari
to undertake a pilgrimage to the quiet spot where
so many great men had foregathered and had
discussed the questions of their day over a cup
of coffee or a bork of b'-er. All things come to an
end, and so has the Cafe Procope, although about
seven years afro it was taken ovr by an en
thusiast who st'f:nt much if his leisure time in
looking up old documents and in questioning ven
erable inhabitants of the quarter with a view to the
compilation of a veritable history of wna.t be
nclit^y regarded a* quite a cUsaic »pou
Paris, May 12.— From the Creusot build
ing of Messrs. Schneider the visitor pr
to a most interesting comparative exhibition of
the mercantile marine of France, Russia, Ger
many, the United Btates, Great Britain and
ItaJy. Here arc found und^r Class 33 yachts,
machines, designs and models. Inventions for
submarine navigation, submersible boats and
apparatus and appliances of the greatest inter
est, comprising remarkable inventions for sav
ing life at sea. Everything in this pavilion de
serves careful examination. On the first floor
are the exhibits of Italy, England, Holland,
Austria and Spain.
. . . Ltion of the
pavilioi - • r.\>? 410
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struct . mted 1 C 1
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turesque appearance 1
. :it when illumi
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\ Caiser Will 1m der
•' the North-German Lloyd, \
md V • -V rk via Southamp
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■ .- . ■ •■ ft] building at

Th<- ted Fi I my Les M- -
ries Ma in annex just behind the
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Paris Chamber
The Messageries Maritimes is, of course, es
sentially French in every feature. Everything
exhibited therein is stamped with the national
gonius and marks the history of the company.
There are seen the Pericles, built in 1851, one of
the fastest vessels in the Levant in its day: the
Hoogly, in the Japan trade about ISO", and the
modern types like the Ann am and La Plata.
Beautiful models of La Lorraine, recently
launched at Saint Nazaire; the packets He de la
RC-union and Madagascar, and the tine steamers
Russia and Aquitaine, of the Society of Mari
time Transports. A pretty clipper steel sailing
vessel should be noted — a four-master of elegant
Crossing to the foreign sections, the Austrian
Lloyds shows some of its finest specimens in the
Trieste- and the Erzherzog Franz Ferdinand,
with their Egyptian mail boat, the Hapsburg.
An idea of the power and prosperity of this com
pany may be trained from an examination of the
drawings of the ISO boats constructed since the
creation of the company, from the Arciduca
Ludovico, built in IS>G, to the Styria, launched
only this year.
There are the Faxon, of the L'nion Castle Line,
which does the voyage from Southampton to
Cape Town in eighteen days; the Lucania, one
of the greyhounds of the Cunard Line, and the
two Oceanics of the White Star Line, that of
IS7O, which was a giant in its day, and that of
ISO'J, some G'JO feet long, the biggest passenger
steamer afloat.
Russia, exhibits some very curious types of
ships for special navigation; the fine river
steamer Ekaterimbnurg, and the Biela, pprctall/
built for transporting wood and to be used fcj
one voyage i nly.
In the American section are found the famous
ships of the American Line, the steamers run
ning between Cherbourg, Southampton and
New- York— the St. Louis, the St. Paul! the Pari3
and the New-York— which were armed as aux
iliary cruisers during the recent war, and the
modern type of mixed steamer for freight and
passengers, the Waderland, of the International
Navigation Company.
Round about the hus^ ff>.-tf f> .-t of the EfTei Tower
will be found the pavilions of I antrtefl
which lid not find a place in the Rue dcs Xa
tions—the Swiss chalet, built completely of wood,
surrounded with balconies and terraces, like the
great Alpine chalets. It is not an official pa
vilion for receptions, but a meeting place for
the Swiss visiting Paris; the pavilion of San
Marino, the little republic dovetailed into the
kingdom of Italy, containing cereals, wine, oil,
honey, lace, embroidery, pictures, furniture, uni
forms and various works of art highly creditable
to a country of only five thousand inhabitants;
the pavilion of Siam adds its Oriental stamp to
the peculiar architectural icedoin< Morocco
is divided into two distinct arts the Imperial
Pavilion and the annexes, containing restau
rant, cafes and shops. The Imperial Pavilion is
a reproduction of one of the imperial kiosks of
the ancient Fez palaces, erected by the side of a
Tetuan minaret. Picturesque paintings in warm
colors impart lite an African Orientalism to
the general quaintness of the buildings. Then
near the Woman - Palace is the Pavilion of the
Equator, a two storied building in Louis XV
style. A tower surmounted by a cupola crowns
the edifice, the whole of which, after the fair is
over, will be taken down and sent to Guayaquil
to serve as the town library. The interior, fur
nished with Louis XV furniture, contains the
chief products of the Republic of the Equator,
such as fruits cacao, coffee, rubber, sarsaparil
las, quinine, tobacco, vegetable ivory minerals
and splendid woods; sugar, carpets, stuffs, lace,
embroidery, palm fibre, and the plaited straw
hats so well known as Panama hats.
Among the many constructions clustered here
mention must be made of the French Alpine
Club, containing botanical and geological collec
tions and exhibits of the best mountaineering
necessaries, besides a panorama of the Alps and
excellent photographs of the scenery; the Auto
mobile Club; the Touring Club, open to all its
members; the Chateau Tyrolian; a pavilion for
exhibits of Russian alcohols; one for the history
of ceramic art; branch buildings for business
purposes of the three great banking establish
ments — Credit Lyonnais Society Generate and
Comptoir d'Escompte — and several high priced
and fashionable restaurants
Foreign Photos. Carbons,
OI.l) BMGiaSH I'ltlM's, ■BUOTOmk
(in \tu\ hocse i)i:i iummvs.
12 West 2Mh st. (jEOROE BLSSE.
Paris Exposition, Continental trip. England. Sailing
JUne IBISs Jllltl'HV and MISS '.ULuiUi,
iUI WldBT oii'li St.

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